After an "interesting" swim this morning I just thought I'd update the world with a little bit of lane swimming etiquette. Please feel free to add your own additions/comments/annoyances... Or just share so the local swimming community gets the idea.
Rule 1: Don't get into an occupied lane without letting the person/people already swimming know you are entering.Do this by dangling your legs into the water or standing to the side at the end of the lane when they are turning. If you're really an exhibitionist you could do star jumps /cartwheels to get their attention 😉
Rule 2: If there is only one other person in the lane, the lane can be split with each person taking half the lane. But you must agree this. Otherwise assume lane/circle swimming.
Rule 3: Once a third person joins, circle swimming must start. Make sure both people know you are joining.
Rule 4: Circle swimming is dictated by the fastest person present, not the slowest, biggest, or first in. Take note of the swimmer’s speeds before you enter. Direction is often pool specific. Check for direction signs or ask.
Rule 5: Do NOT turn or push off in front of faster swimmers (it's highly infuriating and should be punishable by law!!) Faster swimmers should allow slower swimmers as much time as possible before starting.
Rule 6: Tap feet to pass. The person whose feet are being tapped moves out of the way to the corner at the lane end. Do NOT speed up if you are being passed. And if they don't respond to the tap, hold on to their feet until they stop moving...... Okay I just made that one up 😂 please don't hold on to their feet.
Rule 7: The slower swimmer in front must move to the side of the lane end to allow faster swimmers to pass. Allow them to turn at the centre of the lane wall. if there are more than one, allow all faster swimmers behind you to pass.
Rule 8: Best not to start swimming immediately behind another swimmer either. They may not know you are there when they are turning. And you don't want a sore head now do you!
Rule 9: Swimmers resting at lane end should stay as far to the side of the lane as possible, and not take up the whole lane end yakking about what you're having for dinner later and what your neighbour Doris has been up to now.
Rule 10: If the lane has a few swimmers doing front crawl, back stroke it's probably best not to do Breastroke, fly. I've been kicked and punched by these folk more times than I care to remember.
Rule 11: Be polite (yes that means no sweary words!) Communicate. Do your best to explain the etiquette. Remember most lifeguards don’t seem to know these. Most pools don’t have them posted (DGone doesn't)